Welcome to the Alford Craft Market
Craft Markets at Easter, Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, throughout the Summer Months, August Bank Holiday and Christmas.
Alford Craft Market promotes the manufacture of high quality, hand crafted goods in and around Lincolnshire.
10 Station Road, Alford, Lincs, LN13 9HY
or visit: www.alfordcraftmarket.co.uk
Alford Craft Market presented the August Bank Holiday Festival celebrating 40 years of Alford Craft Market
and 100 years of Crafts in Alford Town.
Alford Craft Market August Bank Holiday event was a huge success. Due to a grant from Lincolnshire County Council, the Alford Craft Market have been able to put on a great programme of events this year to celebrate our 40th Birthday, and this was the biggest!
Alford Craft Market have had wonderful feedback from our visitors since the event. Alford Craft Market had many more stalls than usual and the standard of crafts just continues to amaze.
Workshops and demos galore, including the mud and stud cottage by Robert E. Ley, Blacksmithing by Bob Oakes, and Candlemaking by Roy and Margaret Figgis, was much commented on by our visitors who appreciate being able to see how things were made in the past and to interact with the people who keep these crafts alive.
On top of this Alford Craft Market had guided tours round Alford's historic craft sites by Horse and Cart, the Earthbound Misfits, Alford Morris and their guests, a new Punch and Judy show by Paul Douglas, a great three-day programme of local Folk Music including the inimitable Flossie Malavialle, and specially brought up from London, the Jelly Rollers' Mechanical Dragon, which was a huge hit with the kids, who made it move and blow bubbles by winding up the handles.
In our 40th year Alford Craft Market pulled out all the stops to make this August Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 23rd , Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 2014, Alford Craft Market best event yet!
Alford Craft Market is very proud of its reputation for high standards and quality crafts, and our aim is to continue this tradition over the August Bank Holiday weekend . Our event will bring makers and music, performance and fun, to the delightful grounds of Alford's historic Manor House, for a weekend that can be enjoyed by all the family.
Throughout the whole weekend Alford Craft Market had over 30 stalls offering quality crafts for sale. Many visitors met and chatted with the craftspeople who actually make the goods they are selling. Many people bought something that can't be found on the high street and is genuinely original. Alford Craft Market have jewellers working in silver and gold, glass, polymer clay, silk, enamel and fractal art. There are painters, portraitists, photographers and potters, soapmakers, silk arts, ceramics and cheese! Wrought iron, woodcrafts, witchcrafts and fairydoors, fabric, fudge, honey and bees.....and more, so much more.
In celebration of Alford's relationship with crafts over the last 100 years Alford Craft Market had demonstrations from experts in traditional skills such as Mud & Stud wall construction, the art of Thatching, Blacksmithing, Leather & Saddlery, Candle making and Lampworking. There is also something for those visitors who might feel inspired to get creative themselves with workshops in Tile Making and wildlife crafts, great for the children, and also Candle making.
Alford Craft Market festival also celebrated the performing arts and this year joined by a fantastic selection of musicians and street theatre artistes. Over the weekend Alford Craft Market had a great line-up.... the terrific Banjo Bob will be playing each day, there will be traditional Punch and Judy show , the Earthbound Misfits with their unique brand of madness and mayhem all on Sunday and Monday, our terrific local Morris Men will joined us on Sunday, facepainting was available all weekend, and...there were dragons in Alford!!! with the Jelly Rollers Mechanical Dragon on Sunday and Monday.
We also have Horse and Cart Guided Tours of Alford's Historic Craft Sites, and to continue with the traditional and the local, there will be performances from 'Far Welter'd' of Lincolnshire Dialect Stories and Poems.
In our Music Marquee from 1pm until 4.30pm each day Alford Craft Market had Folk Music . This year our headline act was Flossie Malavialle, a quirky French singer with a Yorkshire accent!! Also in the Music Marquee over the weekend were Tom Knott, Kim Lowings and the Greenwood, Larkspur, Me and my Shadow, Itchy Fingers, Miss Scarlet and the Reverend Green and three young GCSE music students from Alford and Spilsby schools: Ruby, Paisley and Shauna.
All of Alford Craft Market events are organized and run by our small band of volunteers.